Cap on Pain and Suffering Awards for Minor Injuries to be Reviewed

first_imgThe province is reviewing the cap on pain and suffering awards for minor injuries resulting from automobile accidents in response to concerns about fairness. To help develop and analyze alternatives, a discussion paper was released today, Jan. 15, to provide background information about the cap, the types of awards it limits, those it does not, and to summarize known issues with the cap. “The review will assess the need to provide fair compensation while ensuring premiums are affordable,” said Finance Minister Graham Steele. The Office of the Superintendent of Insurance will conduct the review over the next few months. Any legislative or regulatory changes will be introduced in the spring session of the legislature. The public is invited to read the discussion paper and provide a submission to the Office of the Superintendent of Insurance by Feb. 15. To view the discussion paper, visit .last_img read more

Killer Expressway Only 007 speeding vehicles challaned

first_imgNew Delhi: After another horrific accident on the Yamuna Expressway that killed 29 people, a report has revealed that while more than 2.30 crore vehicles have violated the speed limit on the 165.5 km-long carriageway between 2012 and 2017, only 17,883 of them have been challaned. This means that in five years, only 0.07 per cent of overspeeding vehicles on the “killer expressway” have been challaned.Till March 2018, there have been around 4,956 accidents on the expressway, leading to 718 fatalities and 7,671 serious injuries. Data accessed by the Millennium Post has now revealed that of those, 23.42 per cent or 1,161 mishaps were caused due to overspeeding. Moreover, 595 or 12 per cent of these accidents were a result of burst tyres on the carriageway. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsOfficial figures show that more than 7.65 crore vehicles used the Yamuna Expressway till 2017 since it’s inception. Given the fact that more than 2.30 crore of these vehicles were going beyond the speed limit, it shows that 30.11 per cent or nearly one-third of all the vehicles travelling on the high-speed carriageway do not stick to the prescribed speed limit. In fact, calculation based on this data shows that more than 10,000 vehicles violated speed limits on the high-speed stretch every day. Added to that is the fact, that the “killer expressway” saw more than 2 accidents per day on an average in these five years. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderA road safety activist has claimed that inaction by concerned authorities in the form of low prosecutions for overspeeding not only resulted in the deaths of so many but also cost the government exchequer around Rs 700 crore. While this data pertains to just overspeeding vehicles, the number of challans issued for rash driving are much lower. In fact, official data shows that in five years, only 164 vehicles have been challaned for rash driving, whereas more than 7.65 crore vehicles have used the expressway during the same period. Speaking to the Millennium Post, commuters who use the high-speed carriageway on a regular basis have said that overspeeding vehicles are the most common sight. One biker said that there are hardly any vehicles that do not go beyond the speed limit. “However, given the technology that the expressway has, it is impossible to miss it if a vehicle breaks the speed limit,” he said. In fact, in a counter-affidavit, the UP government had said that there are systems in place by which, a speeding vehicle is detected and its violation is displayed on the next toll plaza automatically. Despite this, the number of challans issued for overspeeding is staggeringly disproportionate to the number of vehicles actually breaking the rule. In a letter to Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, KC Jain, a lawyer and road safety activist has said that lacklustre enforcement of traffic laws on the stretch connecting Greater Noida to Agra should be held responsible for the large number of fatal accidents it sees. In fact, Jain has also asked that concerned authorities take decisive measures to make data on accidents and their causes available in the public domain in the general interest of travellers. While the UP government has time and again referred to a data analysis system known as the Road Accident Data Analysis Management System (RADAMS), it has not yet been put in place. According to the Road Safety Fund Rules of 2014, there are provisions for the RADAMS, but the state government insists that it is still under process.last_img read more

An unpromising union

first_imgThe Nationalist Congress Party is going through a difficult time ahead of the Maharashtra Assembly elections going by the erosion taking place in the party in the past few days. The Assembly polls are due in October. The NCP chief Sharad Pawar has alleged that the defection from his party to the BJP/ Shiv Sena was because of BJP’s manipulations. Added to that, while Pawar is trying to do some damage control, the Election Commission recently sent a notice to the NCP removing it from the list of national parties. Also Read – A special kind of bondPawar is a big and a formidable leader in Maharashtra politics but with decimated strength today. Only last week, the senior NCP leader Sachin Ahir joined Shiv Sena with much fanfare. Following that, the NCP women’s wing chief Chitra Wagh quit the party. Soon after, the NCP MLA from Akola Vaibhav Pichad left the party to join BJP. Narayan Rane is another who is likely to jump ship and BJP might not be averse to his joining the party. There are rumours that Chagan Bhujwal is likely to defect to BJP. Pawar attributes the erosion to the fact that some like to be part of government all their life and those are ones that are leaving the party. He has also accused BJP of misusing the probe agencies to coerce the NCP leaders to join the party. “I haven’t seen such blatant use of state machinery by any government. The misuse is of extreme level,” he said. Also Read – Insider threat managementThough Pawar claims that these defections do not worry him but with Assembly elections just a few weeks away, it does not auger well for a political party to face such erosion. Drawing comparison with the situation in 1989, Pawar claims: “I am not worried about any of the defections as I experienced a similar situation back in 1980 as CM. Of our total strength of 60 MLAs, only six remained (in Congress) while I was on an official foreign tour. In the subsequent election, all those who defected from the party got defeated and I got back all my 60 seats.” Pawar, being a shrewd politician, must have seen the decline coming for quite some time. It is the NCP, more than Congress, which has been hit by these defections. In fact, even before the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, signals were visible. There was discontent in the party when he projected Ajit Pawar’s son Parth Pawar as the chief ministerial candidate, and to his dismay, with all the halo of the Pawar family, Parth could not even win the seat. Even Pawar’s daughter, Supriya Sule, did not have an easy time in the family pocket borough Baramati. Though Congress and NCP have agreed to fight in a coalition in the coming Assembly polls, things are not looking good for Congress too. Both parties are facing dilemma and problems. There is confusion at the top level in Congress after the resignation of party chief Rahul Gandhi two months ago. The party is yet to find a replacement. Things are drifting in Congress both at the state level and national level. There is erosion in Congress too. Those who are not sure of getting elected with the ticket of NCP or Congress are leaving and there are quite a few looking for greener pastures. The local party is facing a factional fight and indiscipline. There is no single command at the state level. Demoralisation has set in after the humiliating defeat in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. After losing Karnataka last week, Congress is ruling only in Punjab, Puducherry, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh. There was the talk of NCP merging with Congress soon after the recent Lok Sabha polls. But this died down though the subject was discussed between Pawar and Rahul Gandhi after the poll debacle to enable Congress to get the post of Leader of the Opposition if NCP were to merge with Congress. There is no doubt that NCP is politically shrinking. Though NCP got five seats in the recent polls, it was much below its expectations. While the TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu and Pawar tried to project the latter as opposition face as he was acceptable to smaller opposition parties before the 2019 polls, this did not succeed. Both BJP and its coalition partner Shiv Sena are making solid preparations for the Assembly polls and together they stand to gain in comparison to the dwindling fortunes of NCP and Congress. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and the Sena leader Aditya Thackeray are undertaking padayatras for mass contact programmes. The coming two months are crucial for the Congress-NCP combine to set right their houses and stakes are very high. If this coalition loses, it will remain out of power for two consecutive terms. (The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

James Wan to produce horror film The Troop

first_imgLos Angeles: Filmmaker James Wan is set to serve as a producer on camping horror movie “The Troop”. The director-producer, who is known for his expertise in the genre, will back the project through his Atomic Monster banner. The film is based on the book of the same name by Nick Cutter, reported Variety. The story revolves around a group of teens on a remote camping trip who “must fend for themselves when their adult chaperone falls prey to an aggressive otherworldly infection”. EL Katz will direct the movie with Noah Gardner and Aidan Fitzgerald attached to adapt the screenplay. Other production companies on board are JS Entertainment and Starlight Media.last_img

Morocco Inspires Roberto Cavallis Latest Collection

Rabat – Morocco continues to be the muse of the biggest names in the fashion industry, and Roberto Cavalli is no exception. The Italian brand, led by the Englishman Paul Surridge, presented a collection on Saturday, September 22, inspired by the desert of the North African country, during the fourth day of Milan Fashion Week.Roberto Cavalli’s models walked in a feminine, versatile, and dynamic collection for spring-summer 2019, bringing up to date the ingredients that made the success of the house Florentine. Alluring outfits, luxurious materials, and craftsmanship were remixed in a more sporty and modern style. “I recently traveled with my team to Morocco. I wanted to mix the tradition of ornamentation, an important element of the vocabulary of the Cavalli house, with those of Moroccan craftsmen,” explained Surridge to AFP.The Moroccan touch can be found in sequins finishing dresses and in jackets with traditional Amazigh (Berber) rugs with fringes and silver sequins.The animal motif, dear to Roberto Cavalli, is always present.The biggest fashion brands, and luxury in particular, love to take inspiration from Morocco for their creations. In recent years, everyday objects, some shunned by Moroccans, have fed the imagination of creators.This is the case of Nike, Puma, or even Gucci who borrow warm colors and motifs from the Moroccan culture for their collection.Recently, the French luxury brand Balenciaga chose to sell an expensive and luxurious version of the traditional Moroccan slipper, also known as “babouches” in French and “balgha” in Darija (Moroccan Arabic).On its website, Balenciaga offered a square-toe mule in either black or red leather for MAD 5,118. However, in the souks and medinas (walled cities) of Morocco, the traditional shoe is sold for between MAD 50 and 70, which Moroccan people have reminded the brand on social media.Social media users have slammed Balenciaga, accusing the Frenh enterprise of a “scam” and “cultural appropriation,” mocking their lack of imagination. read more

UN envoy to Lebanon praises prevailing calm ahead of municipal polls

15 April 2010The top United Nations envoy to Lebanon today met with another Government minister and welcomed the prevailing peaceful atmosphere in the country, saying it was crucial that calm be maintained during municipal elections next month. “I trust and very much hope that this [calm] will also contribute to ensuring that the elections themselves are held in a free and fair manner,” said Michael Williams, UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon, when he met Interior Minister Ziad Baroud in Beirut.Mr. Williams said Mr. Baroud had told him that all preparations are now fully under way to ensure successful elections.The four rounds of the 2010 municipal elections are scheduled to be held every Sunday in May starting in Beirut, followed by the Bekaa region, then south Lebanon and finally in north Lebanon, according to media reports.All Lebanese political sides on 9 March pledged to maintain a calm atmosphere during the polls. read more

World Orchestra for Peace to promote UNESCOs message through music

3 August 2010The United Nations cultural agency has selected the World Orchestra for Peace, an ensemble of musicians from more than 40 countries, to help promote its message and programmes and raise public awareness of its work on key issues. The United Nations cultural agency has selected the World Orchestra for Peace, an ensemble of musicians from more than 40 countries, to help promote its message and programmes and raise public awareness of its work on key issues. The orchestra “symbolizes so well the multicultural and ethnically diverse world that we live in today,” Director-General Irina Bokova stated in a letter announcing the designation of the group as an Artist for Peace for the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). “Each member of your talented Orchestra represents the universal desire to spread cultural diversity, intercultural dialogue and a culture of peace. This kind of message is central to UNESCO’s efforts to build durable peace in the world.” Made up of musicians from more than 70 international orchestras, the World Orchestra for Peace was founded in 1995 by the late Sir Georg Solti for a special concert in Geneva to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the UN. The group comes together on special occasions to promote peace and celebrate reconstruction, and is conducted by Valery Gergiev of Russia, who was himself designated a UNESCO Artist for Peace in 2003. The orchestra will received its designation at a ceremony at Royal Albert Hall in London on 5 August, which will be followed by a concert later that day to celebrate its 15th anniversary. The roster of internationally-renowned personalities from the arts who use their influence and prestige to help promote UNESCO’s message include Brazilian musician Gilberto Gil, Canadian singer Celine Dion, Spanish dancer Joaquín Cortés, Cameroon musician Manu Dibango and Iraqi-born British architect Zaha Hadid. read more

SNCLavalin names new chief financial officer as company moves to next stage

MONTREAL — SNC-Lavalin has promoted one of its executives to be chief financial officer, replacing Alain-Pierre Raynaud, as the construction and engineering company moves to the “next stage” of its evolution.Raynaud has been the Montreal-based company’s CFO since he joined SNC-Lavalin in June 2013.Prior to that, Raynaud’s career included five years as CFO of the French nuclear energy company Areva from 2006 through 2011, followed by a stint as chairman and chief executive of Areva UK.SNC-Lavalin slashes another 950 positions amid restructuring, including 600 in CanadaSNC-Lavalin gets $94 million for selling minority stake in Malta airportSNC-Lavalin still hoping to resolve criminal charges as hearing set for 2018: ‘Everything is possible in life’He will be replaced effective immediately by Sylvain Girard, who joined SNC-Lavalin in August 2014 as senior vice-president for finance at SNC’s power business sector, which is involved in hydroelectric, nuclear and thermal energy.Girard is credited with helping to improve the power sector’s performance and has been corporate controller since June 2015, where he was involved with a program to reduce costs and improve SNC’s competitiveness.Prior to joining SNC-Lavalin, Girard had 14 years as CFO within General Electric’s financial services and health care sectors in Europe.“Sylvain Girard’s appointment comes as we progress to the next stage of our evolution,” said Neil Bruce, SNC’s president and CEO.“I thank Alain-Pierre for his substantial contributions to the company during the most challenging time in its history. His leadership helped us turn the company around and deliver good financial performance in the latter half of 2015.”SNC-Lavalin has been grappling with a number of legal and business issues in the past few years, including criminal charges laid against the company itself and against former executives that are still before the courts. read more

BC First Nation behind landmark land title case releases mining policy

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by James Keller, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 31, 2014 12:46 pm MDT B.C. First Nation behind landmark land title case releases mining policy VANCOUVER – A British Columbia First Nation behind a recent Supreme Court of Canada case that significantly expanded aboriginal land title rights laid out ground rules Thursday for mining projects on its traditional territory, requiring resource companies to minimize the negative impacts of projects while sharing revenue.The Tsilhqot’in National Government’s mining policy also follows the group’s successful fight against the New Prosperity mine, proposed by Taseko Mines Ltd. (TSX:TKO), which was rejected by the federal government earlier this year due to the potential impact on a lake considered sacred by area First Nations.The Tsilhqot’in Nation, located near Williams Lake, B.C., said it isn’t opposed to mining on its territory, but resource companies need to respect the rights of aboriginals if they want their projects to proceed.“The goal is to have proponents actually come through the door of the Tsilhqot’in Nation,” Chief Russell Myers-Ross of Yunesit’in, one of the six bands that make up the Tsilhqot’in, said in an interview.“We had the example of Taseko Mines, who showed us what not to do. We need proponents and industry to begin showing a lot more respect for our people and our nation if they want to build partnerships in our territory.”The 19-page document, published both in English and the Tsilhqot’in language, said mining companies must sign formal exploration and benefit agreements before getting Tsilhqot’in support, and those agreements must include resource revenue from mining projects.The document also states the Tsilhqot’in people must be given priority when it comes to training and jobs, and it promises a “clear, certain process” for mining companies to engage with the nation.The policy applies to a large area of land in northern and central B.C. that the Tsilhqot’in Nation considers its traditional territory. The policy is in addition to an existing stewardship agreement between the Tsilhqot’in and the provincial government, which sets out consultation processes for resource projects in that area.“The intent is to put the expectation out there and show people what our needs are, that we need benefits in our area, that we have high standards for our environment and respect for our culture,” he said.The Tsilhqot’in has a long history of asserting its rights when it comes to resource development.The nation won a decades-long legal battle in June when the Supreme Court of Canada issued a landmark rule that rewrote aboriginal title rights. The decision recognized the Tsilhqot’in’s right to aboriginal title over 1,750 square kilometres of territory in a case that began as a dispute over logging. The area is only a small portion of what the Tsilhqot’in consider its territory.The Supreme Court victory came several months after the federal government rejected the New Prosperity mine, which the Tsilhqot’in had spent years opposing.The Tsilhqot’in warned the proposed mine would harm water quality and fish habitat in a body of water known as Fish Lake, or Teztan Biny to First Nations. A review panel report agreed, which convinced the federal government to block the project, though the company has launched a legal challenge of that decision.Chief Joe Alphonse of Tl’etinqox, who is the Tsilhqot’in tribal chair, said the policy will ensure future projects are handled differently.“There are dozens of mineral exploration projects in our territory and this policy will clarify for those proponents, government officials and anyone else thinking of staking claims that Tsilhqot’in laws remain in force in our territory, as they have since time immemorial,” Alphonse said in a news release.“With our recent victory at the Supreme Court for title, we will continue to enforce Tsilhqot’in law throughout our territory.”The Tsilhqot’in plans to hold consultations with governments, the mining industry and the public for the next two months before finalizing the policy.Follow @ByJamesKeller on Twitter read more

Forecast European automotive production to hit prerecession highs by 2014

·        2010 expected to see year-on-year rise from 16.1 million units to 17.2 million units. ·        Production volumes expected to reach 20.4 million by 2014, back to 2007 levels.·        SMMT launches range of new interactive products to improve access to European automotive production intelligence. Forecasters are predicting a more positive outlook than first expected for European automotive production during the next four years, with a strong indication that output will return to the pre-recession highs of 2007 by 2014. According to the latest ‘European Car and LCV Production Outlook Report’, commissioned by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, the recovery in production volumes has been underpinned by better than expected performances from several vehicle manufacturers and specific models.  It is expected that European volumes in 2010 will reach 17.2 million units compared to 16.1 million in 2009. By 2014, production volumes are expected to grow to reach 20.4 million, back to the levels achieved in 2007.“Although vehicle production volumes across Europe fell by more than 2.8 million units in 2009, there is increasing confidence regarding 2010 and beyond, thanks to the acceleration of new model programmes and the strong performance by many vehicle manufacturers over the first quarter of 2010,” comments Paul Everitt, SMMT chief executive.  An executive summary of the report is available as part of a new online package launched by SMMT to help increase access to crucial automotive production intelligence. The new package, called the ‘European Production Outlook Suite’, is an interactive tool kit which will help interested companies track vehicle production trends across Europe. As part of the new range of tools, SMMT has launched:–      An Executive Summary highlighting the key points made in the full report.–      A new ‘SMMT member services’ channel on YouTube, home to ten minute analyst briefing videos, delivered by the author of the report summarising the key trends.–      A free interactive European production outlook map, available via the SMMT website, which is continually updated to show detailed information covering all the major production plants across Europe. The map provides production figures by model, units produced, plant names, locations, group names and marques. To mark the launch of the suite, SMMT is providing free copies of the ‘European Car and LCV Production Outlook: Executive Summary’ to non-members for a limited time only. The new interactive map and briefing videos are free to members and non-members. To view the analyst briefing videos click here.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

PRO3 mine training simulators exceed Immersive Technologies expectations

first_imgAs the first year anniversary of Immersive Technologies’ PRO3 Advanced Equipment Simulator launch comes to pass, the company has announced “the global mining industry’s strong acceptance and commitment to this next generation technology. During the past 12 months Immersive Technologies has shipped 44 PRO3 Simulators together with 74 interchangeable machine modules known as Conversion Kits® into 15 countries around the world, making up 65% of its Advanced Equipment Simulator unit sales during the period. Many of these simulators have been deployed to existing customers who recognise the additional value the new technology can bring to their training and continuous improvement programs.” Peter Salfinger, Chief Executive Officer for Immersive Technologies said, “I am thrilled by the tremendous success our PRO3 has achieved in such a short period of time. The mining industry has been very pleased with this new simulator technology. Our previous simulator model, the Series 2B, is the mostly widely used advanced equipment simulator within the global mining industry. The new PRO3 is well on its way to exceeding this level of success.” said Salfinger.Released in August 2010, the PRO3 offered significant advancements in display, motion and operator monitoring technology. This leap in technology has increased skills transfer and retention along with the accuracy of operator assessment now available to the mining industry.“We are continually focused on delivering even greater value to our customers through our scheduled software upgrades. Later this year, customers with a PRO3 simulator and a service agreement will be able to take a significant step forward in the way they train and assess the safe behavior of their haul truck operators. An exciting new enhancement will automatically detect, measure and report operator behavior in relation to checking for hazards around their machine at key points of operation. This will support our Customers in the proactive management of risk in a quantifiable manner.” said Salfinger.This new operator hazard awareness measurement feature will be released together with 35 other enhancements in Immersive Technologies’ December 2011 scheduled software release available to all current service agreement holders.last_img read more

Drug trade continues despite gunfights

first_imgDespite numerous anti-drug drives and so-called gunfights, the drug trade has increased over the last one year.According to the police and narcotics control department, the law enforcement seized 51.4 million yaba pills and 10 quintals of heroin in the last 12 months. They say the amount was larger than the preceding years. In the past, the volume of yaba has never exceeded 40 million pills.A countrywide anti-drug drive was announced on 4 May 2018 and actually launched on 15 May. A total of 358 drug traders were killed in the drives till 14 May this year. Among them, 169 were killed in gunfights with police while 106 with RAB (Rapid Action Battalion) and 12 with BGB (Border Guard Bangladesh). The rest of the 71 were killed in gunfights among themselves, the law enforcement claimed. A total of 95 were killed in Cox’s Bazar alone.According to the statistics of the law enforcement agencies, drugs are entering both by the land and water routes. Huge narcotics recovery is evidence of the use of these multiple routes.Home minister Asaduzzaman Khan said that these huge recoveries were a result of the drives. There is nothing else to it, he said. People are conscious and they inform the authorities and that is why the drugs could be recovered, he said.Director general of the narcotics control department, Md Jamal Uddin, said drugs are not that easily available now. Those who are involved in the drug trade, are not in the open, he said, adding that drugs are being sold in secret and on small scale due to the drives.However, concerned quarters have said they are not optimistic about the drug trade being contained. They see a lack of coordination among the law enforcement agencies regarding the drives.Supreme Court advocate Shahdeen Malik says statistics prove that method adopted by the government to eliminate drugs is not working. The people will lose trust in government institutions if such drives continue and the institutions will fall apart, he observed.The number of drug addicts stands between 60 to 70 million, as per government assessment. These people spend Tk 90 billion on narcotics per year which is three times larger than the annual budget of the national border security force and three-fourth of the budget for the police.Around 3,000 traders, with 350 ‘godfathers’, control the business across the country. They are on the lists of various government forces and the lists are updated by the home ministry annually.Other than the drives, the government also gives scope to the yaba traders to surrender. A total of 102 yaba traders surrendered to the home minister and the inspector general of police at Cox’s Bazar on 16 February. They are in jail now. Discussions are going on regarding surrender of several others.Cox’s Bazar police super Masud Hossain told Prothom Alo, there is a government decision over allowing the yaba traders to surrender. He could not, however, confirm the number of fresh drug traders intending to surrender.The drug has not been solved by these surrenders and crossfire. The perpetrators must be identified first, president of Cox’s Bazar Chamber Abu Morshed Chowdhury said. “The godfathers cannot be traced if the traders are killed. If the government was so successful in so many sectors, why could not it eliminate drugs?”The smuggling and sales of yaba have not stopped though the yaba traders are in jail, according to the locals of Cox’s Bazar. BGB, RAB, police, Coast Guard and the narcotics control department recovered 1.2 million yaba pills from Teknaf’s border areas and Ukhia in Cox’s Bazar in April. Yaba is being seized almost every day.Yaba is still being smuggled into Bangladesh through several points along the Myanmar border, Cox’s Bazar 34 BGB’s Lt Col Ali Haider Azad said. Yaba trade is taking place in the Cox’s Bazar Rohingya camps. A total of 230,000 yaba pills were recovered from 30 smugglers at different points of Ukhia in April, he added.The police super of Cox’s Bazar police sent a report to the police headquarters on 15 April saying many among the 1.1 million Rohigyas residing at Cox’s Bazar refugee camps were involved in yaba trades. They were crossing border easily as there were no barbed wire fences there and bringing in yaba and arms, it stated.A total of 73 houses and 27 vessels owned by the yaba traders from Teknaf were vandalised secretly after the anti-drug drive was launched, concerned sources reveal. The latest attack was carried out on the house of Salim Ullah, a drug trader in Islamabad, Teknaf on 2 May.No steps were taken against the yaba business patron former MP Abdur Rahman Badi, former upazila parishad chairman Zafar Ahmad and their families. Their families were on the list of yaba traders but are roaming freely since the drive was initiated.According to field level police officials and several BGB officers, as Cox’s Bazar is in the focus, the yaba traders are changing routes and mediators. Fresh traders and syndicates are emerging at various locations, they said, adding that, many drug dealers also went on hiding due to the drive.The narcotics traders prefer the east border instead of the south. Yaba was seized at border along Sylhet a few days ago. They are also approaching the northern region instead of Teknaf while many have been re-entering the country though a different border via India.There is huge demand of narcotics in the market and the traders are determined to make that extra profit, said M Imdadul Haque, narcotics researcher and a university teacher. He thinks persons from political parties along with the administration are directly backing the traders. The government must not carry out any drive just to show the people. It must be committed to solving the problem, he observed.*This report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Nusrat Nowrin. A Prothom Alo illustrationlast_img read more

North MCD earns over Rs 24 cr as parking fee in 6

first_img“Discontinuing the earlier process of one-time parking licence fee for a year, we have started charging three months’ advance. The idea of giving three months’ contract and charging advance has been a great success,” said Bharat Bhushan Madan, chairman of Remunerative Projects (RP) Cell of the North MCD.“Last year, we earned around Rs 15.1 crore from parking fee, while this year, we have earned over Rs 24 crore in the first two quarters itself,” he said. Also Read – Man arrested for making hoax call at IGI airportThe corporation’s changed policy of giving three months’ contract has also helped in solving the problems of non- payment by defaulting contractors and accumulating losses due to it, a senior municipal official said.Also, in case of a dispute, the contractor may leave after three months and the corporation will not have any dues to recover, he added.“We earned Rs 12.10 crore in the April-September quarter as quarterly parking licence fee and an equal amount in the current quarter,” he said. Also Read – Disqualified AAP MLA Kapil Mishra, women’s wing chief join BJPThe jump in revenue from parking fee has also happened due to improved monitoring of earnings of different parking lots of the corporation, Madan said.The North MCD has a total of 91 parking areas, of which 46 have been given on contract under the advance payment scheme.We have also decided to issue tender to allot all the 91 authorised parking sites in its jurisdiction “en bloc” to a single contractor, he said.The parking sites presently running under contract, may continue to run as it is till the period of contract is over. After that, these would also be clubbed and auctioned as single entity after paying three-month advance, he added.last_img read more

Colin Like Brady with Montana LeBrons career production will blow away MJs

first_img Advertisement For years, many argued that Joe Montana was the greatest quarterback of all-time over Tom Brady because of his perfect 4-0 Super Bowl record. Eventually Brady’s claim as the G.O.A.T became undeniable because he has remained productive for a much longer period of time, even with an imperfect Super Bowl record.In the NBA, the same argument is made when comparing MJ to LeBron. Jordan’s 6-0 Finals record is viewed as unassailable, but Colin thinks the case for LeBron will continue to gain strength because by the end of his career he will blow MJ away in nearly every comparable statistical category. Another title wouldn’t hurt either.Watch Colin explain why LeBron’s production and longevity will eventually become the biggest asset in his pursuit of G.O.A.T status.“In the end, Tom Brady’s just so much better in terms of total production than Joe Montana. Jack Nicklaus is just so much better than Tiger in terms of total production…In the end, LeBron’s going to blow MJ out of the woods in terms of overall production.” —@ColinCowherd— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) May 9, 2018last_img read more

Cancun taxi driver fired after touching himself while driving female passenger

first_imgCancun, Q.R. — A Cancun taxi driver has been fired after a female passenger videoed him touching himself while driving.The taxi driver, who was from the union Andrés Quintana Roo, was dismissed after a passenger posted a video showing him touching himself while driving.The taxi passenger, Carolina Sánchez Betancourt, published the video which she started recording when she realized what the driver was doing. Scared, she sent her location to her husband and got out of the taxi before her destination.The Cancun taxi operator with initials F.Y.R.R. was immediately removed from his duties and, a day later, dismissed from the union. According to the union statement, the operator accepted his withdrawal without objection.He was also recommended to seek psychological treatment.Cancun taxi driver fired after touching himself while driving female passengerClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Unions clear Easter strikes Qantas

first_imgPassengers flying with Qantas over Easter can rest assured that no strikes will disturb vacation plans, with unions ruling out industrial action over the holiday period. The Australian and International Pilots Association (AIPA) and Australian Licenced Aircraft Engineers Association assured the carrier and its passengers they would not organise strikes that could disrupt people’s vacations over Easter.  “Customers can now book their holidays safe in the knowledge that unions will not disrupt their plans. Our priority is to ensure customers can visit family and friends and go on holidays without disruptions from union-led strikes,” Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce said. According to the airline’s head, the carrier held talks with the pilots’ union this week, with more planned for next week. Mr Joyce added that the carrier is committed to further communications with the union, to reach a mutually satisfying agreement. “Qantas recently reached an in-principle agreement with the Australian Service Union (ASU) on a new agreement which will shortly be put to our 7,500 workers for a vote. “The Transport Workers Union agreement does not expire until July 2011 and negotiations are expected to commence in May.” Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jlast_img read more

Agency NewshomebasedTravelManagers

first_imgAgency Newshome-basedTravelManagers After many years in a traditional retail travel environment, husband and wife team Ian Long and Shani Driver became home-based personal travel managers, with TravelManagers’ offer of flexibility, work/life balance and limitless financial opportunities ticking all the boxes for the couple to seamlessly make the transition. Three years on, the representatives for Bridges in Queensland, agree that TravelManagers has catered perfectly to all of their needs. “Their business model has left us in control of our own destiny and enables us to financially and effectively work within an ever increasing and competitive market. We have the flexibility to provide the personal service our clients deserve, yet have the support to help grow our client base locally while having access to competitive prices and commissions,” says Long, who spent time researching the company prior to making the move.“After studying the company online and observing the backing of House of Travel my initial perception was this is a company who cares about its profits and its consultants wages at the same time. Now from experience my wife and I can both testify it has the balance right and continues to move with the industry to look after both itself and the personal travel managers it supports.”Driver says TravelManagers’ uncapped commission structure enabled the couple to earn ‘a fantastic salary’.“… in fact we do less bookings and earn more. We can now spend more time with our clients providing tailor made itineraries and the service they deserve, we have extra time for our family and time to enjoy the benefits of being a travel professional. We now attend famils and are completely comfortable taking the time off to continue to learn about travel, knowing that we are not at all disadvantaged financially.” TravelManagers is well on its way to reaching the 550 personal travel managers milestone and Executive General Manager Michael Gazal confirms the demand for the personal travel manager concept is strong. “Our company philosophies further cement TravelManagers’ standing in the industry and naturally we are seeing more interest from travel agency owners and managers to join our business model.”last_img read more

Air traffic controllers say they can no longer ensure safety

first_imgAir traffic controllers said on Monday they could no longer be responsible for safely managing the growing number of incoming and outcoming flights because of staff shortages.“We are struggling daily not to have an aircraft crash in the flight information region of Nicosia due to tragic staff shortages,” their unions announced.“We have reached a point where we can no longer bear the burden of responsibility.”The air traffic control unions call for a long-term strategy involving all stakeholders, pointing out that the number of aircraft are rising at a higher rate than the number of people employed to control them.They also blame insufficient buildings and problems with the technological infrastructure.In their announcement, unions Paseek and Seekk said a state-owned air navigation company should be created without further delay and called on President Nicos Anastasiades to intervene and the attorney-general to examine the case.The unions believe Cyprus is lagging behind other European countries in terms of air navigation services.“Although Eurocontrol studies show that Cypriot air traffic controller productivity is among the highest in Europe, the cost of employment is one of the lowest.”In Cyprus, they said, there is no plan, no strategy, no objectives and no investment, and the charges to airlines is the fourth lowest in 41 European countries.“Millions of euros that could be invested every year in the Cypriot economy are lost and, among others,  the many Turkish airlines that fly daily in the Nicosia flight region benefit from this,” they noted.While many of them control 1,000 to 1,500 flights from a very inadequate room in a Cyta building in Athalassa avenue in Nicosia “our colleagues are also facing great difficulties in the control towers at Larnaca and Paphos airports.”A number of employees have already left because of the constant pressure and poor working conditions, the unions concluded, something that further contributes to aggravating the situation.Transport Minister Vassiliki Anastasiadou in August acknowledged the problems with the existing offices. On August 2 she said that procedures will be launched soon to move air traffic control services to a new building in Kokkinotrimithia, close to Nicosia, and to acquire the necessary equipment.“Officials deserve every praise, as well as the right space and equipment,” she said during a visit to the Nicosia offices at the time. You May LikeGundry MD Total Restore SupplementU.S. Cardiologist: It’s Like a Pressure Wash for Your InsidesGundry MD Total Restore SupplementUndoDr. Marty3 Warning Signs Your Dog Is Crying For HelpDr. MartyUndoPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)UndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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